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Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator

Implement synchronized pulse generator to fire thyristors of six-pulse converter

Library

Extras/Control Blocks

A discrete version of this block is available in the Extras/Discrete Control Blocks library.

Description

The Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block can be used to fire the six thyristors of a six-pulse converter. The output of the block is a vector of six pulses individually synchronized on the six thyristor voltages. The pulses are generated alpha degrees after the increasing zero crossings of the thyristor commutation voltages.

The figures below display the synchronization of the six pulses for an alpha angle of 0 degrees. The pulses are generated exactly at the zero crossings of the three line-to-line synchronization voltages.

The Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block can be configured to work in double-pulsing mode. In this mode two pulses are sent to each thyristor: a first pulse when the alpha angle is reached, then a second pulse 60 degrees later, when the next thyristor is fired.

The figures below display the synchronization of the six pulses for an alpha angle of 30 degrees and with double-pulsing mode. Notice that the pulses are generated 30 degrees after the zero crossings of the line-to-line.

The pulse ordering at the output of the block corresponds to the natural order of commutation of a three-phase thyristor bridge. When you connect the Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block to the pulses input of the Universal Bridge block (with the thyristors as the power electronic device), the pulses are sent to the thyristors in the following order:

When you build your own three-phase thyristor bridge with single thyristor blocks, you need to connect the pulse signals of the Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block to the gate inputs of the corresponding thyristors.

Dialog Box and Parameters

Frequency of synchronization voltages

The frequency, in hertz, of the synchronization voltages. It usually corresponds to the frequency of the network.

Pulse width

The width of the pulses, in degrees.

Double pulsing

If selected, the generator sends to each thyristor a first pulse when the alpha angle is reached, and then a second pulse 60 degrees later when the next thyristor in the sequence is fired.

Inputs and Outputs

alpha_deg

Input 1 is the alpha firing signal, in degrees. This input can be connected to a Constant block, or it can be connected to a controller system to control the pulses of the generator.

AB, BC, CA

Inputs 2, 3, and 4 are the phase-to-phase synchronization voltages Vab, Vbc, and Vca. The synchronization voltages should be in phase with the three phase-phase voltages at the converter AC terminals. Synchronization voltages are normally derived at the primary windings of the converter transformer. If the converter is connected to the delta winding of a Wye/Delta transformer, the synchronization voltages should be the phase-to-ground voltages of the primary windings.

Freq

Available only with the discrete version of the Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator. This input should be connected to a constant block containing the fundamental frequency, in hertz, or to a PLL tracking the frequency of the system.

block

Input 5 allows you to block the operation of the generator. The pulses are disabled when the applied signal is greater than zero.

pulses

The output contains the six pulse signals.

Example

The power_sixpulsespower_sixpulses example uses a Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block to fire the thyristors of a six-pulse thyristor bridge. The bridge is fed by a three-phase voltage source (200 V peak line-to-ground or 245 V RMS line-to-line) and it is connected to a resistive load.

A first simulation is performed with an alpha angle of 0 degrees. Open the Constant block connected at input 1 of the Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block and set its value to 0. Start the simulation. The average voltage is

The six thyristor voltages are displayed in the next figure. The resulting DC voltage at the output of the rectifier is also displayed (average value of 331 V).

Now change the value of the alpha angle to 30 degrees and start the simulation. Notice that the waveforms of the thyristor voltages look different from the previous case. The thyristors start conducting 30 degrees after their commutation voltage becomes positive and the resulting DC voltage at the output of the rectifier is lower. Its average value is now

The thyristor voltages and DC voltage for alpha = 30 degrees are

The figures show that the mean value of the DC voltage can be controlled by the alpha angle applied to the Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block.

See Also

The power_hvdcpower_hvdc example illustrates the use of the Discrete Synchronized 6-Pulse Generator block.

Synchronized 12-Pulse Generator

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